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Moving to SanDiego? What Area Should You Start Looking to Live?
Moving to SanDiego? Where Should you Look to Live?
I get to travel to various cities throughout the United States with a company I work with. As I visit and explore multiple cities, I can’t help to think …”San Diego really is Americas Finest City.” I also wonder if people thinking about moving to San Diego take a chance or just let that dream and desire come and go.
When I first moved to San Diego from Tucson, Arizona I met a local born and raised in San Diego. He told me, “San Diego is a big little city.” That rings in my ears to this day because now that I’ve lived here 16 years, I completely understand what he meant by saying that. To begin let’s divide San Diego County. There is Central San Diego, North County Coastal, North County Inland, East County, and South Bay. You can go to East County to North County Coastal with no traffic you could be there in an hour. North County Inland to South Bay with no traffic in an hour. That is not a long drive considering San Diego is the 3rd largest city in California, and you were able to drive from North County to South Bay in an hour. Now that we’ve covered the areas within each area San Diego is broken down into neighborhoods or suburbs.
Moving to SanDiego and Various SanDiego Neighborhood Styles
There’s a vast selection of neighborhoods to choose to live in if you’re moving to San Diego depending on your budget and your style. This map shows a fraction of the communities you can look into on your research to moving to SanDiego; I would suggest speaking to VisitMyPad to learn about neighborhoods that usually people moving to San Diego would not know about to research. When VisitMyPad discusses neighborhood consultations, you complete a detailed questionnaire so we may learn what your neighborhood preference will fit you. What do I mean by preference? For example, you have several beach communities to choose from if you want to live an in a beach community like Encinitas which is a hippie beach community vibe. You can live in Mission Beach or Pacific Beach which is a younger yuppie beach community, or you can live in La Jolla or Del Mar which is the MONEY beach communities.
Perhaps you want to live in a more sophisticated area that’s not so beachy, but you can’t afford La Jolla or Del Mar. You can decide to live in a more trendy area like Downtown or any of the surrounding neighborhoods. Which brings up my other point your financial budget for communities you are considering moving into. The areas I’ve mentioned thus far are areas that the rent is going to be more expensive because those areas are attractive to live in. If you are moving to San Diego and you want to get your San Diego living experience those are the areas you want to start to explore.
If you are moving with your family, there are several selections for you as well! For example, Poway has a country feel, and if you lived in that neighborhood, you would feel like your living in a western town instead of the third largest city in California. Poway also is rated #2 for best School Districts. Another family neighborhood is Coronado Island, it offers all the best of San Diego living. Clean Beaches, nice neighborhoods for families, and centrally located. I am only bringing these two up of many choices for family communities. All of these neighborhoods are accessible within 20 minutes of each other depending on where you live and without commuting traffic. These are some of the reasons that San Diego is a big little city! It’s easy to get around from one part of the county to another and filled with smaller communities within the overall San Diego City.
Things to do in San Diego
There are so many facets to San Diego, and the location allows you to explore so many elements to entertain you depending on what activities you like to do. There’s plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, and even with hiking, you have styles of hiking! For example what kind of scenery do you want to see? Do you want to see the Ocean? Perhaps you want to hike in a Forrest like setting, or maybe you want a desert scenery. These are choices that you have when you want to take a hike and the drive to these hikes at most 40 minutes ( with no traffic). You have a choice of all the various beach activities and beaches to visit and enjoy. In fact, our Coronado Beach is rated #6 by the travel channel as one of the Top 10 Beaches in America.
We have tons of independently owned restaurants in addition to chain restaurants. If you are interested in restaurants and deals, I suggest you visit Barry Berndes site the Sandiegan he has tons of coupons for various restaurants throughout San Diego.
San Diego also has several theme parks, Sea World, San Diego Zoo and Lego Land. We also have the largest park in the United States centrally located in San Diego, Balbo Park.
Lastly, we have our Gaslamp quarter which has many restaurants and Nightclubs.
I can go on and on about what its like to live in San Diego, but I’ve created a YouTube channel that explores San Diego. Also be sure to check out our other posts as we will discuss much more on various Neighborhoods and San Diego activities what San Diego life is all about!